by Reeta Sharma
Punjab politicians, various sants and babas, and
institutional heads have been visiting foreign lands to woo
non-resident Indians (NRIs) to invest in the state or to donate money
for a ‘worthy’ cause. The NRIs, on their part, have many a time
contributed handsomely and helped uplift the backwardness prevailing
in their home ground. However, there have been many occasions when
they have been cheated by people who sought funds from them only to
fill their own coffers.
Weaving dreams with
fragrance of pines
dollops of ice candy fell on the head. They had been loosened from the cones of
the pine trees by a brilliant sun. Sitting atop the green branches of the lush
trees, the snow seemed surreal; more so when the shafts of brilliant yellow
sunlight either bounced off the white topping or pierced through it.
Mairi Mela: A
symbol of amity and devotion
seat of Baba Barbhag Singh at Mairi is a prominent place of worship in North
India. Each year, as many as 10 lakh people converge at this tiny village, 42 km
from Una on the Amb-Hamirpur highway in Himachal Pradesh. This is where Baba
Barbhag Singh of the Sodhi clan undertook penance.
A wizard with
a time when art dealers in India talk of permanence and lasting value for
paintings, Samir Mondal would seem to be ploughing a lone furrow. As the nation’s
best-known "watercolour man", he has few peers and today, makes it his
mission to promote the medium to the exclusion of all else!